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Peculiar Fun for the Whole Family: 20 Odd and Interesting Board Games

THERE have been thousands of boxed games (board games and their ilk) published over the years. For your convenience, we’ve pulled together twenty of the most peculiar (in no particular order).  Don’t say you weren’t warned.

 

1. GAY MONOPOLY (1983)

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Alas, “The Parker Sisters” company was sued by Parker Brothers, and is subsequently with us no more.  Thankfully, copies of their games still remain, including this gay themed Monopoly game featuring such real estate options as Castro Street and bath houses.  In the place of the familiar boot and iron is a stiletto heel and blow-dryer.  Naturally, there are $3.00 bills.

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Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fear of A Fat Planet: Billy Bunter Is Now An Enemy Of The State

FAT is bad. The top-down message is consistent. The Mail leads with news that Obesity is “worse than we first feared”.

 

obesity Fear of A Fat Planet: Billy Bunter Is Now An Enemy Of The State

 

Whose afraid of a fat planet? As the BBC reported this year: “Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world.” In the report “Implications for agriculture and food prices”, Sharada Keats and Steve Wiggins, note:

Over one third of all adults across the world –  1.46 billion people – are obese or overweight.

Overweight is bad? Don’t moderately chubby people look better and outlive the skinny? If we are all getting dangerously fatter, why are we living longer?

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Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Key Posts, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1933 Helen Keller Wrote This Open Letter To German Students Planning To Burn ‘Un-German’ Books

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Miss Helen Keller, probably the most famous blind woman in the world, photographed in New York City on Oct. 29, 1931 with a bust of herself sculptured by count Hans-Albrecht Hafrach of Munich, Germany. The bust was presented to the American Foundation for the Blind by M.C. Migel, president of the American Foundation for the Blind, to pay a tribute to the work of Miss Keller for the organization.

 

IN 1933, German students planned to burn “Un-German” books. Helen Keller wrote this open letter to the students:

“History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas…”

helen keller letter to germans In 1933 Helen Keller Wrote This Open Letter To German Students Planning To Burn Un German Books

 

Posted: 12th, January 2014 | In: Books, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Enid Blyton’s Least Popular Novel

ENID Blyton didn’t just write for children. She wrote this Famous Five pot-boiler about four felons and a devil dog:

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Spotter: martin kelner ‏@martinkelner3 Dec

 

Posted: 11th, January 2014 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Potato Ambassador Digs Up Bits Of Local Woman In Market Harborough, Leicestershire

TO the Farndon Fields Farm Shop, in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, where staff have found a potato of interest. Marketing manager Nicola Stokes tells us: “Kevin the managing director brought it into the office and everyone fell around laughing. He’d been sorting the potatoes which had been harvested and found this. It was hilarious.”
potato breasts Potato Ambassador Digs Up Bits Of Local Woman In Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Kevin Stokes is a “potato ambassador”, sitting on the Potato Council in the east of England.Nichola adds: “We’ve put it in a dark drawer. Mainly because we don’t really know what to do with it. But we might use it to promote a Breast Cancer campaign or something. It would be nice to do something productive with it.”

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Posted: 11th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Max Clifford Mint Presents Princess Diana And Jade Goody Heirloom Figurine

CHERYL Cole has ago but role of “nation’s sweetheart”. But now thank to Max Clifford Solution, you can hark back to those halcyon days of Princess Diana and Jade Goody in “Together Forever” – features “two Princesses from opposite side of the track, joined forever in happiness  in the hereafter.

“From the authentic matchplay-grade table tennis table, to the bats backed with genuine dimpled rubber, to the intricately sculpted angel wings, every details of this collectors’ heirloom figurine is designed to give you joy”

 

max clifford mint Max Clifford Mint Presents Princess Diana And Jade Goody Heirloom Figurine

Spotter: @MarcherLord1, via Lady Andrea ‏@_AndreaUrbanFox1m

Posted: 11th, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Royal Family, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For Sale: Teddington House With Two Dead Bodies

FOR sale:

home bodies garden teddington For Sale: Teddington House With Two Dead Bodies

 

Believed to date from 1875 and one of only three buildings of Townscape Merit in Schoolhouse Lane, this building, along with no 23, was probably built as a Pub since it has an imposing pedimented top and pediments over the windows. At the front it has an extension at ground floor level to the pavement and two entrances, one of them with a double door.

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Posted: 10th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ian V Starbucks: One Man’s Battle To Get His Name Spelled Right

My Name Is Ian And I Hate Starbucks

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Posted: 8th, January 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Highlights From The Book Witnessing Made Easy: How to Pass Out Tracts for Jesus

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JERRY Keever’s 1986 books Witnessing Made Easy: How to Pass Out Tracts for Jesus is a gem. This is passive aggressive preaching from 1986.

We’ve got some highlights from its 319 pages of dogmatic wonderment.

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Posted: 7th, January 2014 | In: Books, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Combat Garden Gnomes: ‘The Finest Militarized Lawn Ornaments In The World’

LIKE all you survivalists, we want to carry the theme of armed resistance into the boarder zones, or gardens as civilians terms them. Helping us is Shawn Thorsson and his Combat Garden Gnomes, the “finest militarized lawn ornaments in the world.”

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military gnome Combat Garden Gnomes: The Finest Militarized Lawn Ornaments In The World

 

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Posted: 7th, January 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rosemary Conley Slimmers Of the Year 2014 Grow Feet

MELISSA Bridges, 23, a care home assistant from Tamworh Staffordshire, is Young Slimmer of the Year at the Rosemary Conley National Slimmer of the Year awards at the London Marriott, County Hall Hotel in London. She lost a total of 11st 3lbs.

You can now see her feet.

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Posted: 7th, January 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


12 Impressively Bizarre and Ridiculous Fitness Records

YEARS AGO in days of old when magic filled the air, people did their workouts at home by their turntable.  Generally, the needle bounced and scratched from all the flopping around.  Plus, record players were usually centrally located, which meant you had to get sweaty and embarrass yourself in front of everyone in the living room.   It wasn’t until the advent of the Walkman and the proliferation of health clubs that workout music got practical.  Of course, this meant the demise of the fitness LP.

Thankfully, the fossilized remains of some of these albums have been uncovered and are well worth a look.

country aerobics 12 Impressively Bizarre and Ridiculous Fitness Records

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Posted: 6th, January 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Baker Sends Customer ‘Eat Sh*t’ Wedding Cake

“I HAVE no regrets at all about what I did. I feel she got what she deserved,” says Emma McDonald, of New Zealand’s Oh Cakes. “I don’t make cakes as a business. It is just a hobby and I’m taking it all with good humour.”

McDonald had created a cake for the engagement party of 24-year-old Micaela Harris. The bride-to-be’s relative had won a $50 voucher. McDonald said the winner owed her $20 from a previous deal and reduced the free token to a value of $30.

eat shit cake Baker Sends Customer Eat Sh*t Wedding Cake

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Posted: 6th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Foodie Balls: Making Mushrooms With ‘Raindrops Tapping Me On The Collarbone And Hawks Screeching On The Updraft’

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HOW do you make Porcini Mushroom Soy Sauce? Well, food blogger Hunger A Thirst For Life. Who is he?

I’m a wandering weed lover, wordsmith, teacher, and worshipper at the altar of tasty treats.

Ready? Let’s forage:

I have a some rituals that keep me content during the off-season, when conditions make it nearly impossible to forage. Most days begin standing at the east window, huddled around a steaming cup of nettle tea, while the candied dawn stretches and yawns over the horizon. Next, I shuffle my woolly slippers into the pantry in search of breakfast. Part food storage area, part temple to the growing season past, its shelves are packed with tins of herbs, and jars of pickles and preserves. There is something deeply satisfying about standing in the doorway and scanning the shelves. My preserves aren’t just aesthetically pleasing, they’re a treat to the ancient part of my brain that loves knowing I can feed myself. Also, there are memories stored inside the cell walls of those plants.

Invariably, in this winter morning ritual, my eyes settle upon the rows of dried porcini. My obsession. My prize. I’m compelled to the two gallon container that houses the finest mushroom slices. The ceremony goes like this — I lift the lid, close my eyes, genuflect, and nuzzle my entire face into the jar.
~~~inhale~~~

The piano-wire tension connecting all things throughout the summer of ’12 as fires ravaged the mountainsides. The balm of honeyed relief when the rains finally came.

~~~smell~~~

Raindrops tapping me on the collarbone, bootsteps swallowed by sodden moss, hawks screeching on the updraft.

~~~breathe in~~~

Sugared soil and arrows of sunlight bolting through canopies of Englemann spruce. Dirty fingernails and my favorite knife.

~~~inspire~~~

Suspense, seduction, Mother Nature’s slight of hand. Mushrooms.
I season my meals with remembrances.

Take one mushroom and one bottle of soy sauce…

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Posted: 6th, January 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


All The Cool Cats Chewed Beatmint Gum In 1964

FLASHBACK to Weekend February 4th 1964. All the cool cats were chewing Beatmint gum. Groovy…

anglo beatmint All The Cool Cats Chewed Beatmint Gum In 1964

 

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Posted: 3rd, January 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Strange and Terrible Fitness Products from the 1970s

THE NEW YEAR has arrived.  Time to once again pledge to stop eating like a starved cow and get going on a weight loss program.   Catalogs and magazines in decades past were full of wonderfully terrible options to start you on the Grand New Year’s Tradition of Fitness Plans Doomed to Failure.  Let’s have a look at a few.

 

rowing machine Strange and Terrible Fitness Products from the 1970s

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Posted: 3rd, January 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kleenex For Sale On Amazon: Mum Of Three Teenage Boys Almost Cuts Her Hand On A Sock

ON Amazon, some Kleenex are for sale. A mum of three adolescents reviews their worth:

I want to start this off by thanking Kleenex for selling these in 36-packs. I’ve put it on subscription, and if they want to start selling a 72-pack, sign me up. I have three reasons for needing this much Kleenex, and their names are Liam, Samuel and Hank.

 

kleenex review Kleenex For Sale On Amazon: Mum Of Three Teenage Boys Almost Cuts Her Hand On A Sock

 

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Waiter: There’s A Fox In My Chinese Ass

PA 8067692 Waiter: Theres A Fox In My Chinese Ass

NEWS is that your packet of Wal-Mart donkey meat contains other meats.  The Five Spice donkey meat sold in Wal-Mart’s China stores has been found by the Shandong Food and Drug Administration to contain fox.

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For Sale: Barbecue Helps Man Bed Scarlett Johanssen On The Back Of A Unicorn

BARBECUE Advert of The Year: The Enchanted burner:

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Train Fares Rise: Blithering Sutpidity From The Campaign For Better Transport

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Transport- Station Staff – Ticket Clipper – London – 1973: A British Rail ticket clipper waits for passengers for the last train to Bedford from St.Pancras at 18.08.

THEY’RE whining about how train fares are going up again: and as usual, they’re managing to get entirely the wrong end of the stick. Here’s their complaint about fares:

Rail fares are rising so quickly that the government will soon be making a profit from the commuting public, campaigners claimed as the new year ushered in higher annual season ticket prices.

According to a report from the consultants Credo, for the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT), by 2018 the fares collected from passengers will cover 103% of railways’ operating costs, compared with 80% in 2009.

There is a very slight problem with this analysis: operating profits are not profits. Operating profits are the costs of goods sold minus the costs of goods purchased. If you thought about Sainsbury’s for example, then it would be the cost of everything they sell minus the costs of buying the things that they sell. And the perceptive will note that those aren’t all the costs of running a supermarket. It’s necessary, for example, to have buildings in which to operate the supermarkets. Vans and trucks to move the stuff around. To pay for advertising to get people to come in and buy the stuff.

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: Money, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How To Tell Good People From Bad People According To The International Order of The Golden Rule

THE International Order of The Golden Rule is a funeral homes organisation based in Austin, Texas. On their website filed under “history”, they tell us:

To a group of funeral directors in 1928, the “Golden Rule” – a fundamental principle that is universally admired and upheld – became the cornerstone upon which to built a professional association.

The founders embarked on a mission to seek out a dependable, ethical funeral directors in every community by means of a carefully tested screening process. They wanted to establish a quality-minded identity in the minds of families everywhere. The Golden Rule credo – “Service measured not by gold, but by the Golden Rule” – speaks to that identity.

And:

Each Golden Rule® Funeral Home must show a commitment to provide to their client families: “Service measured not by gold but by the Golden Rule.”

So. What is the Golden Rule? We never do get to nail it down. Under “STandards of Ethical Conduct”, we get not one rule but 10 rules.  We also see their name printed on this booklet called “How To Tell Good People From Bad People”.

good people How To Tell Good People From Bad People According To The International Order of The Golden Rule

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Posted: 1st, January 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Steve Buscemi Christmas Jesus Candle

ETSY seller DMAGIC has created this wondrous Steve Buscemi Christmas Candle:

candles by etsy The Steve Buscemi Christmas Jesus Candle

 

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Posted: 31st, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Victoria’s Secret: What A Difference 30 Years Makes

CAN YOU GUESS which Victoria’s Secret models come from 1984 and which are from recent catalogs?  I’ll give you a hint:  the ones from 1984 resemble actual human females.

 

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Posted: 31st, December 2013 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madiba Tributes: The Nelson Mandela Full-Body-Fat Work-Out

mandela tribute Madiba Tributes: The Nelson Mandela Full Body Fat Work Out

THE Nelson Mandela keep-fit tribute video:

As many of you might know, this week we lost one of our favorite son’s here in South-Africa, Nelson Mandela.
So I decide to go and shoot a workout video in a very special place to pay our respects to this great man!
RIP Madiba!

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Posted: 30th, December 2013 | In: Politicians, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0